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Bacteria tracked feeding nitrogen to nutrient-starved plants

An international team of researchers, including three from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has tracked nitrogen as soil bacteria pull it from the air and release it as plant-friendly ammonium.

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Terra Nitrogen Company completes turnaround project

Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. announced the completion of the planned turnaround of an ammonia and UAN plant representing approximately one-half of the production capacity at its Verdigris, Okla., nitrogen complex.

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New N guidelines for irrigated, sandy soils

On March 6, 2015, revised guidelines for fertilizing corn grown on irrigated sandy soils were released by the University of Minnesota. Minnesota has about 500,000 acres of irrigated sandy soils. Corn is grown on about half of these acres in any one year. With the use of irrigation and fertilizer, sandy soils are very productive.

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Eurochem, Maire Tecnimont, Sage to build five fertilizer plants

EuroChem Group AG, Maire Tecnimont and SACE jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the construction of five ammonia-urea plants to be commissioned in Russia, the United States and Kazakhstan over the next 10 years.

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Should you consider in-furrow starter for corn in 2015?

The use of starter fertilizer placement on the seed (known as in-furrow placement) is commonplace in many areas of Minnesota. I commonly receive questions on the value of in-furrow starter fertilizer when corn prices are low. The application of liquid fertilizer with the planter presents additional costs which may or may not be warranted depending on the year and where a field is located within Minnesota.

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Topdressing canola: How to maximize the benefits

To maximize the yield potential of winter canola, producers should topdress with nitrogen, sulfur, and possibly boron in the winter. Producers should make topdress applications with consideration for the environmental conditions, the nutrients needed, and the application method.

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Potential N loss from heavy rains

With the heavy rains in the past few days and the rain forecasted for this week, producers are wondering how much of the applied N has been lost.

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